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Why 9mm & .22

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by hoghunter82, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

    Jan 21, 2011
    Central Florida
    Visited a couple Bass Pro Shops over the last week along with several other brand name stores. They had plenty .40, .45, 380 for sale but ZERO 9mm and .22lr? Why is the frenzy so much on these two? I understand .22 cause its cheap but 9mm? Just my luck I decided to consolidate all my guns down to 9 & 22 so I can't catch a freaking break with ammo. Is it just that there are so many more 9mm guns out there?

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  2. JLA


    Feb 11, 2007
    I'm just the opposite.....the 9mm I understand but .22.....not so much

  3. 9mm is cheaper than .40, .45, & .380.

    Isn't that why you (and most of us) consolidated to 9mm?

    It's good to have some backup guns in other calibers, for situations like this when some calibers are plentiful while more popular calibers are sold out.
  4. Hawker Man

    Hawker Man

    Nov 8, 2006
    That's because Bass Pro hires non gun people who don't realise 9mm sales out pace 40 and 45. They should stock much more 9mm then 40 and 45.
  5. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Price and popularity, the .22 and 9mm is inexpensive compared to the rest.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  6. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    9mm is most popular. Haven't had an issue purchasing it at Cabelas, same with .22. The latter is available in bulk at a reasonable price and is good for a variety of applications, especially small varmint hunting. Still good as home defense as many rifles can hold 15+ rounds if there's no alternative.
  7. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    What lots of recent "consolidators to 9mm" don't realize is that 9mm was the most popular auto round choice in America well before they all skyrocketed in price.

    Ours has been primarily a 9mm using household since 1991, the year I was married. I brought .45ACPs to the marriage, she was already using the 9mm in a S&W single stack. She shoots 9mm better than the larger calibers and since I don't mind it, that's by far the pistol round we buy or reload the most of.

    Like other posters, I would question why there is a run on .22lr. No one has proposed banning it and even were their ammo purchasing restrictions, I would bet it would be exempted.
  8. grumpy1


    Jun 20, 2012
    What I have noticed in the last few months is a lot more people shooting their AR-15s at the range with .22 LR conversion kits or uppers. I recently bought a .22 conversion kit for one of my P226s also. Last ammo shortage after obama got elected and there was a shortage of bulk .22 LR for a long long time. I think many remember that.
  9. So you think you are the only one to consolidate on 9mm and .22lr?

    They are 2 of the most popular calibera.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
  10. megawatt

    megawatt Electron maker

    Feb 2, 2011
    Las Vegas
    During O'bummers first term when ammo, primers, etc were hard to find it was the .22 shell casing that I would find on the ground at the local range that I shoot at. Most shooting lanes were usually empty and rarely was someone shooting 7.62x51 or .45 acp.

    With the cost of ammo increasing back in 2008, people simply did not shoot as often per month or as long in time during each trip to the range. So instead of shooting expensive centerfire ammo, many chose to still make a trip to enjoy the sport of shooting at the range. However, due to economics of shooting expensive ammo and the harder ability to even find large bore centerfire ammo they had to dust off the rimfire guns.

    Compare 500 rounds of .45apc at about $190
    500 rounds of 9mm at about $113
    550 rounds of .22 at about $30

    These were a quick estimate of prices just prior to the 2nd term for the prez. Current prices are even higher than those I listed above.
  11. grumpy1


    Jun 20, 2012

    Just started shooting this baby of mine again also.

  12. SGT278ACR

    SGT278ACR Retired Veteran

    Nov 12, 2011
    16S DE 680 928
    I'll jump on the 9mm / .22 LR myself. Even before the latest mass shootings I preferred the 9mm round for a few different reasons. Adequate defensive/combat round, cheaper to shoot than 10mm & up. My carry gun is 9mm and I convert my .40 Glock with a 9mm conversion barrel... again because ammo is cheaper. Shooting .22LR is self explanatory. When the 9mm & more expensive .40 ammo run out at the range and I want to keep racking up trigger time.... .22 is the way to go. :cool:
  13. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    Fortunately, I stocked up on all my calibers over the last few years, including .22LR.

    I took this photo right before my last range trip (last week):

  14. seamaster


    Feb 19, 2003
    I consilidated several years ago to 9mm, 22LR, 223/556 and 12 ga. All 4 are the most commonly available calibers and cheapest to buy in the US except for right now. When all this blows over those will still be the most common and cheapest to buy.
  15. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have been shooting more 22 lately just to save money.
    With all the new AR style 22lr people are shooting more.
    If money is tight you can stockpile 22lr on the cheap.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  16. seamaster


    Feb 19, 2003
    After all my 9mm, 223 and 12 ga is gone I'll still have lots of 22lr. If I had to leave my home for some disaster type event guess what caliber I'd take with me?
  17. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    About a month ago now,my dealer was notified there was now a allotment on 9mm along with the standing allotment on 223/.556. He was trying to make other arrangements for 9mm to have a steady supply. SJ 40
  18. Citadel15L


    Jan 8, 2013
    Central Florida
    Damn near everyone has a .22
  19. Texas357

    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

    Jan 3, 2007
    I probably shoot a brick of .22 for every 50 or 100 count box of anything else. After that, 9 mm is what I shoot most. I bet I'm not the only one who shoots mostly 9 and 22.